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CLARENCE E. CHOI

  

Clarence is Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). He is a geotechnical engineer and his research interests are on landslides and geoenvironmental hazards.

He was awarded the Third Hutchinson Lecture (to be delivered in Oslo, Norway, in 2023) by the Federation of International Geo-Engineering Societies (FedIGS), Bright Spark Award by the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) in 2021, Telford Premium Prize by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), U.K., in 2017, R.M. Quigley Award by the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) in 2017, Geotechnical Paper Award by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) in 2022, Fugro Prize in 2015, and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study Junior Fellowship from 2015 to 2019.

He serves as the founding and current Chair of the Debris Flow and Steep Creek Hazards Mitigation Committee of the Association of Geohazard Professionals (AGHP), Chair-nominated member of TC208 (Slope Stability) of the ISSMGE, Core member of the Joint Technical Committee on Natural Slopes and Landslides, Core member of the Hong Kong Geotechnical Society, Board Member of the International Consortium of Landslides of UNESCO, and Editor and Editorial Board members for Landslide and Engineering Geology. 

Prior to joining HKU, he was Research Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He obtained his PhD from HKUST and his BSc (with distinction) from the University of Calgary.  

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JAY JIANTING DU

Postdoctoral Fellow (2020 - present)

Dr Du obtained his BSc, MSc and PhD degrees from Tsinghua University. He participated in a joint PhD program between Tsinghua and MIT. His research focus is on the dynamics of submarine debris flows and engineered solutions against landslide hazards. 

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AMOS YUPENG JIANG 

Postdoctoral Fellow (2022 - present)

Amos obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering from The University of Sydney. His work in our group aims to improve our fundamental understanding and prediction of intra- and inter-grain behaviours of granular materials that undergo extreme interactions with non-granular materials such as boulders and structures.

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MOHAMMAD NIKOOEI

Postdoctoral Fellow (2021 - present)

Dr Nikooei obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. His research focuses on computational methods and machine learning to simulate the dynamics of granular flows.

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JIAQI ZHANG 

Postdoctoral Fellow (2020 - present)

Dr Zhang obtained his PhD from Shandong University. His research area is on the effects of microplastics on the geoenvironment.

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JENNY FEIHONG GAO

PhD (2021 - present)

Feihong Gao graduated from Central South University with first class academic standing. She is studying the mechanisms of post wild fire landslides. 

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KENNETH TAIKUN HAN

MPhil (2022 - present)

Taikun obtained his Masters in Civil Engineering at the University of Glasgow.

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WEI JI

PhD (2021 - present)

Wei obtained his BSc and his MSc degrees in Hydraulic Engineering from Hohai University with first class academic standing. 

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CHLOE RUOYING LI

PhD (2021 - present)

Chloe obtained her Bachelor's degree from HKU with first-class honors in civil engineering. She is supported by the prestigious HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship (HKU-PS). She was the awardee of the Dean's List, C.V. Starr Scholarship, and Hui Yin Hing Scholarship. Awarded the HKU Worldwide Undergraduate Student Exchange Scholarship, she went for exchange study at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In her final year of undergraduate study, she participated in an Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program. Chloe's research focus is on the development of multiphase computational tools for geomechanic problems. 

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ZHENGYU LIANG

PhD (2020 - present)

Zhengyu obtained his Bachelor and Masters degrees from Central South University. His research is on the development of digital twins for landslide hazard mitigation. 

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NING MA

MPhil (2022 - present)

Ning obtained his MSc in Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology from the University of New South Wales.

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MOHAMMAD SADEGHI

PhD (2022 - present)

Mohammad obtained his MSc from Sharif University of Technology in geo-environmental engineering. He research interest is on the simulation of multiphase fluid flows in porous media. He is passionate about open-source development, and he is also a GNU/Linux enthusiast.

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PENGJIA SONG

PhD (2019 - present)

Pengjia graduated from Sichuan University for his undergraduate studies with first class academic standing. His research focus is on the entrainment dynamics of debris flows.

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WILSON LAP YIN WAN

PhD (2022 - present)

Wilson is currently a final year undergraduate student at HKU majoring civil engineering. He was  awarded the prestigious HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship (HKU-PS) and the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scholarship, the  the Dean’s Honours List, the HKU Engineering Alumni Association Scholarship, the Western Harbour Tunnel Scholarship and the Wong Shek-Yung Enrichment Award. He completed the HKU Summer Research Program 2021 as a research assistant at Dr Choi's lab with outstanding performance.

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YIHAN WANG

PhD (2022 - present)

Yihan obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Wuhan University, with first class standing and majoring in Hydraulic Structure Engineering. Her research focus is in the areas of rock mechanics and granular materials.  She was awarded a National Scholarship, the Wuhan University Scholarship on three occasions, and numerous other awards and honors. Yihan spent time on exchange in Canada at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Civil Engineering (Geotechnical).

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TIMOTHY DAKE XIONG

MPhil (2021 - present)

Timothy graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a BEng and worked as a geotechnical engineer at Fugro. His research is on the optimisation of foundations for flexible barriers. 

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JIANTAO YU

PhD (2019 - present)

Mr. Yu obtained his Masters from the University of Sydney. His research focus is on scaling considerations and complex boundary conditions for modelling submarine debris flows.

 

ALUMNI

SAOIRSE ROBIN GOODWIN (2016 - 2021)

Former PhD student and Postdoctoral Fellow (now Junior Professor of the Department of Civil Engineering, Geo and Environmental Sciences at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)

EDRIC JULIAN (SUMMER 2021)

Research Assistant (now Graduate Engineer at Arcadis)

WILL KI CHUN CHAN (SUMMER 2021)

Research Assistant  (now final year undergraduate student in the Dept. of Civil Engineering at the University of Hong Kong)